31 January Audit Opinion Media Briefing January 31, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Executive Mayor Cllr Xola Pakati together with the City Manager Andile Sihlahla, will on Thursday 1 February address the media to give a perspective on the improved audit opinion that was conducted by the Auditor General. The Media Briefing will be held at the East London ICC at 10.30am. Buffalo City Metro is the only Eastern Cape Metro to receive an unqualified audit opinion for the 2016/17 financial year. Catch the briefing live on DispatchLIVE, TruFM, Keith Ngesi Radio (KNR), www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za and on Facebook: @BuffaloCityMetro page. Related Catch the Audit Opinion Media Briefing Live Buffalo City Metro is the only Eastern Cape Metro to receive an unqualified audit opinion for the 2016/17 financial year. Catch the briefing live on DispatchLIVE, TruFM, Keith Ngesi Radio (KNR), MdanstaneFM, KumkaniFM, www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za and on Facebook: @BuffaloCityMetro page. Follow the proceedings on: https://www.facebook.com/dispatchdd/videos/10155515084382779/?hc_ref=ARS2Ma7riVj4IzWtWap8-XOhJ5idRwQfQLhwuknHgqUwFppTFjX9dnOw2Zo3SIxo3jI Buffalo City celebrates Toursim Month In celebration of Heritage and Tourism Month the Department of Tourism planned various activities such as the Beach and Heritage Clean up, the Product Training Workshop, the Media Hosting Tour and the Cultural and Adventure Tours. The Department also ran a selfie competition which encouraged entrants to take selfies when visiting a Heritage or Cultural site in the City. The tour took place from 16 to 18 September and is part of the Celebrations of Tourism Month. The City hosted a tour which had guided tours to the Steve Biko Centre, a game drive at the Mpongo Private Game Reserve and a quad bike tour at Areena Riverside Resort where the visitors interacted with Abby, the giraffe. “The hosting of tour operators and media houses will give Buffalo City an opportunity to showcase what it has to offer as a destination of choice. Currently, tour operators and media houses are looking for new destinations that they can offer to their clients,” said Miranda Nofeliti Marketing Coordinator from the Local Economic Department. Janine Borthwick from Ballyhoo Media, Justin Williams Online Editor at the Publication Cape Town etc. and Iga Motylska a Freelance Journalist will share their experiences on various Tourism platforms and their social media pages. Speaking to BCMM’s Website Mbulelo Kafi Owner of Sakhisizwe Tours from the Northern Cape said that Tourism and Heritage Month is important as it educates South Africans on where they come from, allowing citizens to protect their historical monuments. “BCMM is rich in history and has an impressive collection of wildlife animals and vegetation.” Nofeliti also added that the Eastern Cape Province is one of the tourism gems of South Africa, “offering visitors unique scenic views and a truly diverse tourism experience.” As part of the Tourism Month activities, the group presented and shared their experiences at the Product Training Workshop which was held at the King David Hotel on 17 September where various members of the tourism sector in the Metro were invited. “The department held the workshop, in an effort to create more awareness to product owners on how to package itineraries for the international market and to encourage them to tap into that market,” said Nofeliti. She also added that there is a need to educate tourism business owners on the importance of using social media as a business tool to expand their businesses. Benny Mutswiri from Heita Ngamla Tours based in Johannesburg said that he discovered that there’s a lot of activities and rich history that the City offers. “I interacted with various Tour Operators and B&B Owners at the Product Training Session gave me an opportunity to network and explore the various ways in which I could promote the City to the people of Johannesburg. The two-hour beach clean-up took place at the Esplanade at the Beachfront and at the Heroes Park with over 50 Tourism students from Walter Sisulu University and the Buffalo City College participating. “Being regularly aware of the need to keep all coastal lines clean and beautiful is a contribution we can make to ensure we improve the state of the beaches, shorelines and duns,” said Nofeliti. City ready to host Berlin November The race is in its fourth year this year and founder of the race Luthando Bara confirmed at the Media Briefing on Thursday 23 November at Ground X in Westbank that the race will be a spectacular event incorporating various activities ranging from fashion show, Miss Berlin November, horse racing in three phases – Umphalo, Umhambo and Umkhwelo, Craft Corner, Boxing, Children’s Village and entertainment with various national and local artists. Speaking at the briefing Bara said, “As always we have an event with a rich tapestry of VIP lounges, contemporary design couture, solid entertainment and gourmet food. We are offering a best in class experience which is unrivaled in the Eastern Cape and want to invite the private sector to use the facility on the day for their year-end and team building functions.” Adding to that Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said that the City is ready and has met up to its promise to provide running water, electricity and other infrastructural services. “The Berlin November brings both joy and excitement in our City with spin offs in both the formal and informal economy and we appreciate that." He also said that the law enforcement agencies are ready and will be in full swing to combat crime and exercise zero tolerance on crime and lawlessness, “this also applies during the whole Summer Season in the Metro.” Entertainment set to rock the stages of this event include Afro-pop singers Amanda Black and Sjava, House DJ Prince Kaybee, Hip hop DJ Ms Pru and Swaziland born Sands leading the pack pf the multi -talented musos amongst others. Also making appearances is Thuli Phongolo of Generations, Motsoaledi Setumo of Generations fame, Lusanda Mbane of Scandal and other television personalities. The organisers have ensured that horse racing prize money increases over time and this year the winner takes all for both traditional and thoroughbreds is R200 000, with the total prize money being R650 000 for the traditional horse racing handicap featuring different races. The Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board also shares the moral responsibility to drive brand awareness and education about responsible gambling through creating a presence on strategic platforms such as this event “in order for us to engage and connect with our target audience in an intriguing and positive way,” adds CEO of the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board Mabutho Zwane. Bara added that the organisers have a right of admission to those who don’t stick to this year’s theme which is Casino Royale. “We have a right of admission if spectators don’t stick to the theme or dress appropriately for the event.” Minister Gigaba visits the Metro As part of the visit, Minister Gigaba also visited Frere Hospital to hand over birth certificates to the parents of newly born babies and to interact with members of the Metro as part of Government’s Programme to interface with society at masses level. The Minister also went to Parkside Hall to give community members a platform to raise issues of concern relating to services rendered by the Department of Home Affairs. Speaking at the occasion, Gigaba said, “We try to come where you are to resolve every problem. There is an improvement in our department’s services and there are many changes that we have done to make people’s lives better, the changes include new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFT System) in some of our offices, the new ID smart cards and also newly born babies receive their birth certificates immediately after birth.” The Minister urged parents to register their children within 30 days after birth. He also added that by next year 1 January all people must be registered with Home Affairs. “People must be patient, we are doing everything we can to resolve all your problems. We want your children to have better lives than you parents had,” he said. A mother of twins Noluthando Shumane who also received birth certificates at Frere Hospital said, “I am very happy, Home Affairs has saved me time and money now I won’t have to go to the offices to queue for birth certificates for my kids.” Another mother at Frere Hospital who also received a birth certificate for her new born baby Siyasanga Mashiyi from Amalinda said, “My baby’s name Sivuyile says it all, we are happy and thankful to the Department of Home Affairs.” Community Members from Parkside raised their issues relating to services rendered by the Department of Home Affairs include Lulama Mphika and Siyabonga Mfene who both had incorrect details in their identity documents. Adding to that a resident from Parkside Nomathokazi Stella who had a problem of fraudulent marriage since 2009 said, “It is a challenge to walk around with such a burden.” All the people were helped immediately at a kiosk setup on the premises. New system to help collect traffic fines The ANPR which will be operated by traffic officers from two mobile offices will read vehicle number plates and link drivers with outstanding traffic fines. The system uses high-speed cameras that are capable of character recognition and when the system matches the number plate to the database of offenders operators on site will be notified immediately before the vehicle could pass the mobile office. Motorists with fines or warrants of arrests will be able to pay their fines immediately or choose to appear in court. Speaking at the launch, Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said the City is currently owed over R31 million by cheating motorist who have unpaid traffic fines. Mtsi said the primary reason for not collecting fines was caused by the lack of capacity and due to the labour-intensive process. “As a result the Metro is owed money which could be channelled towards procuring the much needed equipment and other valuable resources in order to improve traffic policing,” said Mtsi. He warned motorists who have been cheating the system and have been using the roads fully aware of their outstanding traffic fines and warrants and said they will be effectively dealt with. “As we launch this facility we are sending a strong signal to road users that the breaking of laws in our roads and dodging of payment of fines will not be tolerated." The new system will link the East London and King William’s Town traffic departments to be able to prosecute offenders. “At present, the Metro is serviced by two traffic departments that operate autonomously from each other and the circumstances were that traffic offenders of King William’s Town trespassing in East London could not be prosecuted within the jurisdiction of East London. With the centralising of these two traffic departments and the new systems and technologies implemented, this means if a driver’s offence took place in East London or King Williamstown the offenders will be prosecuted without any limitations,” said Mtsi. The City will also install speed cameras at identified traffic intersection. However, Regional Commander-Coastal Quinton Chetty said that they will have to apply through the courts for the installation and that process of installing the cameras might take two months. Chilli Boys to put the Metro on the spotlight Chippa United will host Ajax Cape Town at the Buffalo City Stadium on Sunday 24 January. The City together with the Chippa United management met in December to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a partnership that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) team will have some of their matches played at the Buffalo City Stadium The MoU was signed by the Metro’s Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi and the owner of Chippa United Siviwe ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi. The planned games are set to boost the economy and the tourism of the City as people will travel to come watch the game after being starved of quality football for so many years. Despite the challenges the Metro faced with the stadium not being ready for the initial proposed match in December, the City worked hard to achieve the green flag so that the January match can be played at the Buffalo City Stadium. The City had challenges to meet the required standards for PSL games including the pitch, ablution facilities and the entrance. Those issues have however been fixed as the City received a confirmation letter from the PSL giving a go ahead for the change of venue from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to Buffalo City stadium to host the game on Sunday. The approval will also see the Metro host three scintillating fixtures of Chippa United in February, March and in May. The Chilli Boys as the Eastern Cape outfit is affectionately known will play Jomo Cosmos on February 6, play against Maritzburg United on March 19 and against the Soweto giants Orlando Pirates on Wednesday May 11. Speaking at a Media Briefing on Monday 18 January at Absa Stadium at 12.30 noon Chippa United COO Lukhanyo Mzinzi said that the soccer team is set to make East London as their second home. “We are looking forward to playing every season for the next 20 years in this field. This is a dream come true for us and we are planning to make East London our second home.” Adding to that Mtsi said, “As a City we are not planning to take away the team from our counterparts in Nelson Mandela Bay but we also want to assure the team that we are capable of giving them a state of the art field and make this partnership something to be proud of.” The City together with the Chill Boys will donate funds to one of the Metro’s disadvantaged organisations. Tickets for the game will be available at Computicket at R40 for adults and R10 for children. Comments are closed.